South Korea has become a popular and powerful Asian country after its split from North Korea in 1948. South Korea achieved its many successes by investing in the fields of technology, education and tourism, to name but a few of its strengths. By embracing both tradition and modernity, this beautiful Asian super house has several opportunities to offer international students.
South Korea greatly values education and research and is investing heavily in these fields. Little wonder that South Korea has grown to become the world’s 13th largest economy and the third largest economy within Asia. It’s this investment and growth in innovation and technology that has meant the country is known as one of the four ‘Asian Tiger’ economies, alongside Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan.
WHY STUDY IN SOUTH KOREA
Cost of living
The cost of living in South Korea is cheap. As a student, we know how much you struggle in order to stick to the tight budget every month. Luckily, accommodation and exploring the cultural life is affordable. For example, you can get unlimited Korean barbecue and various side dishes for only 10 euros per person. Add 2 more euros and you will get a cold draft beer to accompany the food.
In recent years, South Korea has become better known for its technology than its food. However, thanks to delicacies like kimchi, the Korean cuisine is getting more and more global attention due to its various delicious dishes. For a South Korean, cooking means a great deal. That is why you can find in every corner local restaurants with high standard food.
Most restaurants are open until late and they offer a free delivery service. If you have a really busy day or want to eat quickly, you can find amazing pre-made food in convenience stores that are open 24-hours a day.
The Korean cuisine is getting more and more global attention due to its various delicious food.
South Korea is also well located if you want to travel to some of the popular destinations like Indonesia or Japan. The cheap and reasonable travel costs make it easy to travel to other countries during your studies in South Korea.
Life as aStudent
As an exchange student, you will meet people from all around the world and you will find new friends for life. However, attending a Korean university will also offer you the opportunity to make Korean friends and learn the Korean language at the same time. The local University students in South Korea are open-minded and often willing to share their customs with exchange students. If you join one of the many activities arranged by the University, then it will be easier to get to know the local students. This is because they are the ones who are most of the times in charge of the different events.
The University areas in all the universities in Seoul are extremely bustling. They are filled with restaurants, bars and clubs. It is common that students hang out in these areas until the sun goes up again. Most of the universities have campus festivals twice a year. If you attend one of these festivals, then you will most likely stumble into one or two Korean celebrities.
One great thing about studying in a South Korean university is that tuition fees are the same for both domestic and international students-this is as part of the national plan to attract more international students to the country. These fees will vary depending on the course and university.
An undergraduate course at a public university costs from US$2,000 to US$4,500 per semester (with humanities subjects at the lower end and medicine at the top). At a South Korean private university, fees are estimated between US$3,000 and US$6,000 per semester. Average annual tuition fees at the 16 internationally ranked universities in Seoul are US$6,800. To calculate the total cost, bear in mind that there are two semesters in each academic year, and South Korean undergraduate programs typically last four years (or six years for subjects like medicine and dentistry).
List of Universities
-Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH)